We are proud and honored to share some insight into training after injury from our very own RADrabbitPRO Brock Moreaux. It is an honor to help Brock continue his recovery and see him tear up some races later this fall. Enjoy this blog written by Brock himself.
This photo was taken milliseconds before my season ending ankle injury at the Oxy Invite this past May in Los Angeles. In a race where I was sure to check another big accomplishment of breaking 9 min for the 3k Steeplechase off my running list, it all ended quickly with one hard roll of the ankle. Any, and every, runner will tell you that injuries are a huge part of the sport. And now it is my turn to work through injury, learn the life lessons that can be realized only through struggle, and return to the track stronger than before.
Fortunately, it was during this time of struggle, that I first became in contact with rabbit. Although I have never been one to lack motivation in my running career, rabbit has been a HUGE motivation to shake off the runner injury blues, and get back to the grind. It is always amazing to me just how much fitness a runner can lose in such a short period of time. Consistently training for 10 months straight, and then taking 10 days off for an injury, and you are, all of a sudden, back at square 1. However, it is also amazing to me how quickly you can bounce back from that loss of fitness! A great reminder of this to me was my 4:05 PR road mile at the State Street Mile after just 2.5 weeks back training from my ankle injury. My training and recovery from my injury on May 7 to now has consisted of:
I sometimes prefer to express my feelings with pictures rather than words, so here is a great picture to portray my last few months of training since injury :)
The recovery is always a struggle. But when you are injured you learn to never take for granted a day that you are able to get your runs in, which is what I am reminded of every day. Since my injury, I have had a slow buildup back with weekly mileage of:
Week 1: 13
Week 2: 43
Week 3: 44
Week 4: 49
Week 5: 51
Week 6: 59
Week 7: 64
Week 8: 70
I will continue to build up this mileage slowly to the 90-100s to prepare for my half-marathon debut at the Chevron Houston Half in January. I do not have a schedule set in stone right now, but I do plan on racing at least once a month to keep those competitive juices flowing! Until them, the grind continues!
Thank you to my coach and all of my family, friends, supporters, and sponsors! I look forward to continuing to share my running success with you!
- Brock Moreaux